The trial judge appealed for protection in the Apex court in a letter following which the court asked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led UP government to consider his request including providing security to him.
Senior counsel C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for the deity, told a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi that the Sunni Wakf Board and others on the mosque side had disputed recovery of the slab but had not questioned its authenticity.
As SC begins daily hearings in Ram Janmabhoomi dispute amidst national spotlight, the criminal trial in the Babri Masjid demolition, against L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti among others, is crawling. The Indian Express spends a day at the Lucknow trial where an overburdened judge is racing against time, as well as decaying evidence, and ailing, lost or dead witnesses
The senior advocate had on Tuesday told the court that the birthplace of Lord Ram is also a deity and Muslims cannot claim right over the 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya as any division of the property would amount to "destruction" of the deity itself.
The Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court asking that it be allowed to had over the non-disputed land acquired around the disputed site to its original owners. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath welcomed the Centre's move.